"Truth, purity, and unselfishness - whenever these are present, there is no power below or above the sun to crush the possessor thereof. Equipped with these, one individual is able to face the whole universe in opposition." - Swami Vivekananda
















International Day of Yoga as Soft Cultural Power


December 2014 the UN General Assembly had adopted an India-led resolution declaring June 21 as "International Day of Yoga", recognising that "Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being". Read more>>>

Indias Contribution to the World Brahmachari Suvimalachaitanya


Every nation has its distinctive feature and this makes for the vast diversity of humankind. Indias distinctive feature is its teaching that life is essentially spiritual. It is true that no civilization has ever lived and thrived without any spiritual basis... Read more>>>

Women and Rites of Marriage Rhyddhi Chakraborty


The word "woman" is derived from the old English term wifman(n), or wifmon(n) - wif meaning "wife" or "woman", and man(n), meaning "man"or "human being". Thus, in the English language, the concept of woman is defined as subordinate to man, her reproductive functions, and her family and society. This subordination has been an important issue for the social sciences and feminism. Read more>>>

J. D. Salinger and Vedanta Kenneth Slawenski


How many times have you read a book, a poem, or a story that seemed to speak directly to you, that uplifted you or inspired you to grow? And how many times did you wonder, after reading that book or story, whether the author had actually intended to say what you had perceived, or whether you were simply misinterpreting the text in order to match your own personal needs? Author intent matters. It matters to readers. It matters to those of us who love literature. The messages a writer seeks to present through his work are important to those who find strength in the words. A writer can deliver information, humour, and wit. But the greatest gift an author can give is to comfort us with the assurance that we are not alone. Read more>>>

Philosophy as Sadhana Dr Ravindra K S Choudhary


Sadhana lies at the heart of every way of life and is truer in the field of religion. The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad teaches that the Atman "should be realized - should be heard of, reflected on, and meditated upon". The aim of Advaitic sadhana is the realization of the Atman as one with Brahman. Sadhana is essential in Advaita Vedanta. Brahman is absolute, indeterminate, and beyond all modes of conceptualization. Read more>>>

Editorial : Passing Through Thresholds


There are times when we come to a new stage of life. Some unknown force pushes us forwards, while a gut feeling signals major or minor changes in the offing. A part of this force is but the result of what we have worked for, consciously and subconsciously. Another part comprises of social forces, or other minds that have similarly worked like ours. Threshold means "opening", "edge", "entrance", "gate", "inception", "starting point" Read more>>>

India Denied Koh-i-Noor Diamond


The Koh-i-Noor diamond is one of the most contested relics of history, and this past Thursday, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced the British governmentТs decision not to return the gem to India. More>>>

Lost Rudyard Kipling poems published


More than 50 unpublished poems by Rudyard Kipling have been discovered by a US scholar. Thomas Pinney found the manuscripts in a number of places including a Manhattan House that was being renovated and among the papers of a former head of the Cunard Line. More>>>

"Indian Classical Dance and Spirituality" Shruba Mukhopadhyay


From a mere gesture expressing feelings to a sublime experience, from a source of amuse ment and pleasure to a means of spiritual uplift, dance is that divine thread which connects the in dividual with the universal. Even though all Indian art forms have a spiritual aspect, perhaps dance is the only genre where the artist has the unique privilege of portraying through abhinaya, expression, not only devotion but the deity himself. More>>>

"Music: A Direct Means to the Highest" Swami Sattwasthananda


All the spiritual personalities that India has produced unanimously agree that the goal of human life is Self realization. Sri Ramakrishna also holds God realization to be the goal of human life. Swami Vivekananda put the same idea in a different language when he said that each soul is potentially divine and the goal of human life is to manifest this inner divinity. Indian culture posits this ideal as the highest through its art, literature, music, customs, and mythology. More>>>

The Divine Artist Editorial


СI want to know what were the steps by which men passed from barbarism to civilization,Т said Voltaire. We can step in and answer in two words: art and spirituality. In India these two words - rather fields - were never disparate. More>>>

Vasily Brodov - Russian Philosopher and Yoga Practitioner


Evgenia Lents, September 25. Who are yogis? Twenty years ago the answer to this quesion sounded something like this: "Indian herments and fringe elements who can sleep on beds of nails, tie themselves into knots and stand on their heads". But today yoga is popular among trendy Russian youth. No fashionable fitness club in Moscow or other major cities can do without a yoga instructor, and one may even find queues for yoga mats at sport shops. More>>>

THE ROAD TO WISDOM Swami Vivekananda on On His Work


Die like Heroes! When death is inevitable, is it not better to die like heroes than as stocks and stones? And what is the use of living a day or two more in this transitory world? It is better to wear out than to rust outspecially for the sake of doing the least good to others. Е I don't feel tired even if I talk for two whole nights to an earnest inquirer; I can give up food and sleep and talk and talk. Well, if I have a mind, I can sit up in Samadhi in a Himalayan cave. More>>>

Swami Prabhananda "The Contemplative Tradition in the Ramakrishna Order"


The period of eight and a half months that Sri Ramakrishna lived at the Cossipore garden house is popularly considered to be the beginning of the monastic community that later became known as the Ramakrishna Order of monks. What began with a handful of fiery young men gradually became a religious community belongingto the Puri sect of the Dashanami tradition. These monks then took up the mission of living theideal that Sri Ramakrishna had placed before them and also of spreading his teachings - teachings that their leader, Swami Vivekananda, believed to be the gospel for the modern world. More>>>

Swami Smaranananda "Contemplation in an Active World"


Among the many developments in the postЦSecond World War period, the popularity of contemplation and meditation is particularly significant. With the advancement of technology, the hope of getting more leisure dawned on modern man. But, alas, instead of increased leisure, increased activity has become the order of the day! Instead of rest, restlessness has taken hold of the human heart. What went wrong? More>>>

Rudyard Kipling's Allahabad bungalow in a shambles


Allahabad, June 8 (IANS) A bungalow close to Allahabad University where Rudyard Kipling - the renowned author of such classics as "Kim" and "The Jungle Book" - lived for a year in the late 19th century is now in a shambles. More>>>

Swami Atmasthananda "The Contemplative Life"


SADHAN-BHAJAN or spiritual practice - japa, prayer and meditation - should play a very vital role in the lives of all. This is a sure way to peace despite all the hindrances that one has to face in daily life. The usual complaint is that it is very difficult to lead an inward life of sadhana or contemplation amidst the rush and bustle of everyday life. But with earnestness and unshakable determination one is sure to succeed. Sri Ramakrishna has said that a devotee should hold on to the feet of the Lord with the right hand and clear the obstacles of everyday life with the other. More>>>

Editorial "The Contemplative Mood"


The Vedas conjure up in our minds visions of seers immersed in contemplation, of rishis engaged in fire-sacrifices, of priests filling the air with their melodious chants, and of teachers expounding the knowledge of Brahman to eager students. Men and women intermingling freely with devas and devis, with yakshas, gandharvas, and other celestial beings crowd our imagination when we attempt a glimpse into the Vedic realm. More>>>

Prabuddha BharataЧ100 years ago "A Visit to the Belur Math: January 1907"


After having been connected with the Ramakrishna Mission work in America, for the last eight years, it is quite a new experience to find myself in India, an inmate of the Belur Math, the headquarters, from whence all the workers of this great Mission go forth. Е As a rule, the monks or Sannyasins in India do not have a fixed place where they reside... More>>>

Swami Adiswarananda, Spiritual Leader to Hundreds, Dies at 82


In an unassuming townhouse on Manhattan's Upper East Side, neighboring the Audubon Society, there one finds the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York, where spiritual leader Swami Adiswarananda lovingly tended his flock for 35 years. Tall in stature, and exuding confidence in the ancient Vedic texts he explicated, the Swami was known for his razor-sharp intellect, sparkling sense of humor, and inner generosity. More>>>

Yogin with six chakras. Painting. Kangra school. Late 18th century A.D.
Yogin with six chakras. Painting. Kangra school. Late 18th century A.D.





















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